Wonders of CreationMar 26, 2012 at 03:00:30 AM
Many people have a goal of being close to God, but aren't quite sure how to get there.
Maimonides (Yesodei HaTorah, ch. 2) explains that one way to achieve love of God is by contemplating the wonders of Creation. By appreciating the awesome power and intricate beauty of God's handiwork, the more knowledge of God one experiences, and the closer to Him one feels.
Personally, I've always been fascinated by the Bombardier Beetle. This small bug comes equipped with a chamber of hydroquinone, and a second one of hydrogen peroxide. When combined, these two chemicals are highly explosive. A mechanism inside the beetle keeps them separate.
Now here's the cool part: When provoked by an enemy, the beetle heats the chemicals to the boiling point (100 °C) and squeezes them into a reaction chamber where they combust, like igniting a rocket engine.
Then the explosive material streams out of the beetle at a rate of 500 pulses per second. (Pulses, rather than a continuous stream, give the beetle a chance to cool.) The poisonous fuel is expelled through a nozzle which, much like the turret of a tank, can rotate in any direction, under the legs or over the back. The enemy is poisoned, the beetle is saved!
The other day I heard about another amazing creature ― the "Pistol Shrimp" ― which emits an underwater shock wave that actually knocks out its prey. No mess, just a sonic boom.
I love God for that one. Simply amazing.